Ronald Hanson receives ERC Consolidator Grant

News - 28 November 2017 - Communication

Professor Ronald Hanson has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant of 1.63 million euros for his ‘QNETWORK’-project. Hanson plans to realize the first multi-node network based on quantum entangled links.

The QNETWORK project, that is now funded by the European Research Council (ERC), connects multiple spin nodes in diamond defects via single-photon links. Professor Hanson: ‘I will study fundamental physics of multi-particle entanglement in these hybrid quantum systems and demonstrate a network based on fully controlled multi-qubit nodes.’

Hansons plans to reach these ambitious goals by building on two recent breakthroughs of his team. They realized entanglement between electron spins separated by more than a kilometer, and controlled a local register of several qubits in a single chip. Hanson: ‘I hope that this project will lead not only to ground-breaking science but also to the basis for a future quantum internet.’

About the ERC Consolidator Grants

The ERC Consolidator Grants are awarded to outstanding researchers of any nationality and age, with at least seven and up to twelve years of experience after PhD, and a scientific track record showing great promise. The funding (maximum of €2 million per grant), is provided for up to five years and mostly covers the employment of researchers and other staff to consolidate the grantees' teams. 

More information

Hanson Lab website
Press release ERC: ‘ERC Consolidator Grants: €630 million from the EU to 329 top researchers’